Brand: NaturalSoul by Naturalizer

Name: Rosalyn

Year purchased: 2012

Store: these were a gift from my mother-in-law

Debut: Not yet!

My in-laws got together to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday, so I wasn’t expecting to get a bag with two pairs of shoes!  It wasn’t my birthday, after all.  What’s strange is that I was wearing these shoes that day, and the flower patterns match exactly.  I also have these shoes with the same flowery pattern, and I recently somehow found a matching belt at a secondhand store.  Maybe someday I’ll find a matching purse…

Brand: Couturé

Year purchased: 2012

Store/Price: these were gifted to me by a friend who was cleaning out her shoe closet

Debut: dancing at First Ave

These boots are awesome.  I love the giant eyelets.  They don’t have a cheater zipper, so it’s lace on and lace off every time you wear them!  Old school.

Brand: Fantasy

Year purchased: 2011

Price: $12

Store: Mighty Swell Vintage Pop-Up Shop

Debut: $1.50 High Life’s at the Cedar Inn

At the beginning of October, Manny and I took a bike ride around south Minneapolis.  We ate lunch at Chris & Rob’s, and I kept seeing stylish ladies walking to their cars with bags full of goodies while we were sitting on the patio.  I had to go where they were going, which happened to be the cutest vintage store right next door.  I found this super awesome little stadium seat that I wanted to buy, but we were on our bikes all day and wouldn’t want to carry it around.  Since it’s just a pop-up shop, I had to wait almost a month to go back and see if they still had that seat.  I talked Manny into coming with me by bribing him with lunch from Chris & Rob’s again, and the seat was still there!  I also kept trying on these shoes.  I tried them on, then walked around, then tried them on again and showed Manny, then put them back and looked around, then tried them on again, etc, etc.  They didn’t have a tag, so I had to ask for the price and cross my fingers they were within my budget because I had made up my mind at that point that they were going to fit perfectly into my fall wardrobe and were totally necessary.

Brand: Red

Name: ?

Year purchased: 2011

Price: about $30 after all was said and done

Store: Starlet Vintage on Etsy

Debut: they need to be repaired first

I sometimes torture myself by searching for vintage shoes in my size on Etsy.  These shoes caught my eye last spring, and nobody bought them (including me!) because they were priced kinda high at $68 plus ten bucks for shipping.  But I couldn’t get them out of my head.  So when I received a generous gift of cash for my birthday, I immediately knew what to do with it.  I was going to buy these shoes.  Lucky me, they were on sale for 20% off, so I shelled out $65 of my birthday money for the shoes and shipping.  When I received them, they were not in “excellent” condition as described.  They had stains and markings not mentioned in the listing, and a chew mark on the heel, plus both heel caps had fallen off (which is what needs to be repaired before I can wear them).  I still loved the shoes, but I had never spent that much on vintage/used shoes before, and I had expected them to be in pristine condition.  I was disappointed with my birthday present to myself.  I emailed the seller and explained to her the issues and that I was unhappy with the price for the condition.  It’s not like they were vintage Prada or Ferragamo or anything like that.  The very lovely and very nice seller was understanding and refunded $35 back to me, which I promptly spent on two tickets for Manny and me to go see Helmet play a show at the Cabooze.  I’m excited to get them fixed and wear them.  They’re so rock-and-roll.

Brand: Prevata

Year purchased: 2011

Price: $23 + $6 shipping

Store: SweetHeart on Etsy

Debut: Manny’s show with Sorry OK in the First Ave mainroom

I bought these for a wedding I’m going to in August, to wear with a dress I’m making from a vintage pattern.  I wanted a pair of shoes that would be wearable all day, be cool enough for an outdoor summer wedding in Texas, and be something I could and would wear again.  These were totally perfect: unique and pretty, comfortable, and vintage but from a different era than my dress pattern (so as not to look like I’m wearing a costume).  I tried these out during Gastro Non Grata at First Ave, and they passed with flying colors.  I was able to wear them during load-in, sound check, through seven bands, load out, and over to the Hexagon for three more bands before my feet started to hurt.  And a group of girls I didn’t know complimented my shoes, like, gushed over them in unison, so I know I’m not the only one who loves them.

Brand: Manor-Bourne

Year purchased: 2011

Store: Salvation Army

Price: $3

I was shopping around a couple of weeks ago for a Valentine’s Day gift for Manny, and I ended up at the Salvation Army.  I have yet to visit this store without finding a fantastic pair of vintage shoes in my size for super cheap.  I am in love with these shoes.  I haven’t worn them yet because there’s still snow on the ground and they’re made of fabric, but I’m super excited to build an outfit around them.

Brand: Clinic Comfort Shoes

Name: Image Black Tie?

Year purchased: 2010

Store: Hughes Shoes

Price: $19.97 in the bargain basement

Manny and I spent Wednesday afternoon in Red Wing after staying the night at Treasure Island.  I had never been there before and it was exactly how I’d imagined: cute little downtown surrounded by bluffs and the river.  As we were walking around, I honed in on the words “shoe store” and went in.  I didn’t know these were orthopedic shoes when I first decided they were super cute.  Bonus.

P.S. They look really nerdy in white.